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'Little Women' Questions for Study and Discussion

Louisa May Alcott's Famous Novel


Little Women

Little Women

Library of America

Little Women is one of the most famous works by Louisa May Alcott. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.

Little Women Questions for Study and Discussion:

  • What is important about the title: Little Women? Answer
  • What are the conflicts in Little Women? What types of conflict (physical, moral, intellectual, or emotional) did you notice in this novel?
  • How does Louisa May Alcott reveal character in Little Women?
  • What are some themes and symbols in the story? How do they relate to the plot and characters?
  • Is Jo consistent in her actions? Is she a fully developed character? How? Why?
  • Do you find the characters likable? Are the characters persons you would want to meet?
  • Does Little Women end the way you expected? How? Why?
  • What is the central/primary purpose of the story? Is the purpose important or meaningful?
  • Why is the novel sometimes considered a work of feminist literature?
  • How essential is the setting to the story? Could the story have taken place anywhere else?
  • What is the role of women (and girls) in Little Women? How are mothers represented? What about single/independent women?
  • Would you recommend Little Women to a friend?


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